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  1. I'd rather see improvements in the AI of the match engine rather than it's graphics. For me the current graphics are just fine and improving them to FIFA-levels of photorealism would be pointless if the match engine continues to have the players making stupid mistakes. Saying that about graphics though, the game does 100% need better regen faces
  2. Scrolling down the thread, that was the one I was going to suggest but you beat me to. Another guy picked from the thread picked it up and posted some good benchmarks for it I guess you could get better if your budget is up to a grand, but just for FM I think it would be really good
  3. I've thought of doing that with a game but have yet to give it a try. For me the DoF is mostly just an extra scout as I'll handle all player and staff signings, when really having one should change the way you have to play. It'd be interesting if SI added an option that would lock the staff responsibilites when you join a club with a DoF or if your club decide to change the setup and bring one in.
  4. - I'll start with the lowest rep/ coaching badges whilst having at least 2 for each attribute slider (so I can't set everything to 1 in order to have another slider ridiculously high) - I like to play LLM style with attribute masking on. I avoid signings players from past experience with them in another save and normally wont sign a player without fully scouting. The exception to this is on deadline day and only if I really need to fill a positiondue to injury or the sale of another player, but this is usually very rare. - I don't use the player search tab at all. I can use the scouted players list and any shortlists made from those players but I'm not allowed to filter the players by attributes. Instead I organise them by the scouts overall recommendation or the current/ potential ability stars. - I try to limit the number of signings in a transfer window where possible. Especially when joining a new team, I won't go and make a signing if I already have at least two players for that position. - Even if I could, I try to avoid signing older 'star' players when it would be unrealistic to do so. Im managing in Croatia in my current game and managed to sign Rakitic on wages around £15k. I could've also picked up Mandzukic on a free but he only wanted £1k a week which I think was just unrealistic.
  5. Type: Desktop Model: Self built - ASUS ROG STRIX B450-F MOBO CPU Model: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 CPU Base Frequency: 3.6 GHz CPU Turbo Frequency: 4.2 GHz RAM: 32GB RAM Clockspeed: 3200Mhz GPU: Zotac GeForce RTX 2060 Storage Type: SSD Benchmark A: 1 min 05 Sec Benchmark B: 7 min 20 Sec Benchmark C: 6 min 47 Sec Finally got around to doing my benchmarks and I'm pretty happy with the results. My original plan was to start with a 3600 and then swap it out when I could (A) afford an upgrade and (B) sell it to my bro to use in the pc I'm gonna build for him. But looking at the benchmarks for some of the 'better' CPUs I had in mind it looks like there is no real benefit to justify the higher price. I remember your posts in the laptop/ PC buyers thread so I'm glad to see this one gives you some pretty good benchmark results I upgraded from 2x8GB to 4x8GB purely as an impulse buy after seeing the same Vengeance 3200Mhz RAM available at a bargain price. To be honest I haven't really noticed a massive improvement in the game and the performance tab never shows me using more than 35% of available memory but I guess it's always good to have more than you need. I think it has improved multitasking though as internet browsing and streaming youtube/ IPlayer on the second monitor whilst playing the game seems pretty smooth. But that could just be me wanting to think there's a difference to justify buying them
  6. For that budget you could build a machine that would more than handle FM. If you're thinking of making it yourself I'd have a look at youtube buildguides on channels like Paul's Hardware and Bitwit as they seem to have a lot of videos covering budget builds. Another I've found recently is by a guy called Joey Delgado who makes some really good looking machines at lots of different budgets. I think you can't go wrong if you take your time watching some of the videos to get ideas on what you need, what you might want but don't know yet and what you don't really need.
  7. That's what I thought Laptops Direct might be doing when I noticed the specs didn't match the CPU they claimed a laptop came with. Emailed them about it but didn't hear anything back, so would never buy from them in the future.
  8. Never used them myself but I'd usually take the really negative comments with a pinch of salt. Looking at the reviews it like the feedback we have where I work, swinging wildly from really positive to really negative, sometimes people just have to vent. A thing I've tried is to send a query about a product before buying from a new site. If you get poor customer service when you're telling a company you want to give them money then you know they're gonna be pretty bad when it comes to handling any problems. Or if they don't respond to your question I'd assume you'd get the same treatment after buying from them, so I go elsewhere. https://www.box.co.uk/82C70005UK-Lenovo-V15_2928664.html There's one similar to the ASUS you linked in the original post. A bit chearper and I've never had trouble buying from BOX
  9. That looks decent. I know what you mean about not wanting to spend too much though. So I'd ask if what you're after has to be a laptop or would a tower do instead? Personally I think you get better value in a tower, especially if you look in to building it yourself, but then I guess you dont get the convenience and portability of a laptop.
  10. Yes it would I know it's technically buying on credit but it's without interest or a credit check which would usually be the downside of paying in this way. Like I said, if you have £500 in your pocket that would cover most of the payments. The extra cost spread over the months between payments wil be more than worth it. I'm literally offering to buy this for a friend whos looking to spend just £300-£400 on a laptop to play FM. I know they'll get nothing decent for that amount and it'll be money wasted.
  11. I'm not sure about the CPU on the 2nd and 3rd one, I thought FM needed a CPU that does at least 2GHz where those sites list it clocked at 1GHz. I think you'd get the game running on these systems but I wouldn't expect to great graphics if you want to play in 3D As for the hard drives, the 1TB drive in the 3rd laptop is 4 times bigger than the others but is mechanical so will be slower. On my previous computer it would take a lot longer to load and save a game (5-10 season played) from the HDD than it does now with a solid-state drive. I like the bit about being meticulous and taking your time with the game. I think I could spend a third of my time in the game just doing preseason and planning for the actual games. https://www.amazon.co.uk/HP-Pavilion-15-ec1001na-Gaming-Laptop/dp/B0877L4KMD?tag=georiot-trd-21&ascsubtag=trd-gb-1916831990227079400-21&th=1 I know it's more than your budget but if you're after a beast then I'd recommend this one. I've been looking for a cheaper laptop for a work mate and can't see anything for less (aside from 2nd ones on ebay) that I'd advise ahead of this. At the minute Amazon have it available to buy with 5 instalments so your budget would all but cover the first 4 payments. Save £37.50 each month and that's the final one covered and you'll have a beast laptop with dedicated graphics that will be more than good enough to play FM for many years
  12. It'll run the game but if it were me I'd hold off and save up a little more. For just an extra £60 you can get the same model but with the 3500u CPU from BOX, but then save another £100/£150 and you can get something far better. https://www.techradar.com/uk/deals/cheap-gaming-laptop-deals-under-1000 This link has a few deals near the top that I'd save towards rather than dropping £400 on a poor-to-okay machine when an extra £200 could get you one that will last for years. After the £699 monster directly from HP I'd be tempted by the £599 Pavilion from Amazon. Seems far better value than the £390 Lenovo plus there's the option to spread the cost over 5 months without interest or a credit check. BUT obviously that is only if you will 100% be able to cover each payment
  13. https://www.laptopsdirect.co.uk/-82c70010uk/version.asp#!#maindesc I found the same laptop for £100 less but you'd have to install windows yourself. Personally I wouldn't touch this laptop for gaming but I've had workmate asking me to find a machine for FM below or around £300, which brought me to this [EDIT] Looking in to this one a little more I found a mistake in the one I linked to from LaptopsDirect. They have it listed as having a Ryzen 3 3500u but I don't think that exists. Its more likely they mean its a Ryzen 3 3250u whichmeans I'd be even less likely to buy this laptop for FM
  14. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0cPRVaco898 Theres another review for the Dell, same model but he says it's with the i7 not the i5.
  15. From those two I'd still stick with the HP. I haven't had the best experience with Dell computers in the past so maybe I'm a little biased against them, but I don't see enough there to make it work an extra £170. The comparison I've linked below doesn't show a huge difference between the CPUs and I doubt the better GPU will have much difference when it comes to FM. The specs say the Dell has a bigger SSD but slower RAM than the HP, but both of those could be added to/ upgraded. So the money you save getting the HP could go on adding internal storage or getting an external hard drive for a few quid. https://cpu.userbenchmark.com/Compare/Intel-Core-i5-10300H-vs-AMD-Ryzen-5-4600H/m1027882vsm1110331 These reviews aren't exactly the same models but I guess a lot of the points would relate to the laptops you'd picked HP - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m72MYwUqG9s Dell - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d03OQFx1b-Q
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